Biography of Ivon John Peay
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Ivon John Peay was born in Provo, Utah 19 July 1908 to John Edward and ella York Peay. He was the sixth child in a family consisting of six boys and three girls. Erva, Lamar, Ellis, Ralph, Orlin, Murry, Olive, Orpha and Ivon. the boys and their father spent many hours working on the farm. they were a happy family and enjoyed many hours of fun together.
Ivon attended the Provo schools and worked as a boy at the Hoover Candy company part time. His first full time job was with Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. It was at this time that Myrle Halladay came into his life and they were married 17 October 1929 at her fathers home. The marriage was performed by Bishop L. L. Nelson of the Provo Second Ward, a neighbor and friend of Ivons. Three years later on 26 Ma;y 1932 our marriage was sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple by Joseph Christenson. This was a wonderful day in our lives as that fall our first son, Thomas Rex Peay was born 29 September 1932 at our home 130 South 900 West, Provo, Utah. Rex was with us a short time, only eight weeks and was called back to his Father in Heaven. On 18 April 1934 a second son blessed our home and was named Don Ivon Peay after his father. He brought much joy and love into our lives.
Ivon went into business for himself in the early 1930's. He owned and operated the new Standard Service Station on 300 South and University Avenue in Provo. There were only three large stations in Provo at that time. His brother Orlin owned a motel just north of the station, his brother Ellis owned a grocery store on the same block, another brother Ralph owned a trailer court on the west side of the station. The brothers had a very close relationship and enjoyed many hours talking together.
Ike, the name Ivon was known by, started the first riding club in Provo and was the first President. He had a beautiful soral horse named "Misty" that he raised from a colt and was very proud of. He spent many hours riding the horse and enjoying the out of doors. We owned four acres of ground just two blocks est of our home on 600 South. Here he raised chickens, cows and had a sweet green pasture for he and Don to ride and keep their horses in.
Ike enjoyed serving our Father in Heaven and held many jobs of responsibility. He and I served in the Mutual organization with his in the Young Mens Presidency and me over the young women. This gave us many hours of enjoyment together. In the spring of 1953 Ike was called to be second counselor in the Bishopric under Bishop G Marion Hinkley with Sterling Durrant as first counselor. It was at this time that the construction of the new chapel on 1600 West and 131 South was being built. Under the watchful eye of this Bishopric the chapel was successfully built, Ivon loved the people in this area as they did him. When the Sunset Ward chapel was dedicated in the spring of 1954, the ward was divided and Ike was called to be Bishop of the Sunset First Ward. This was a wonderful time in our lives and with Don now a young man in his late teens he was able to relieve his father of a lot of the responsibilities in the service station allowing him more time to spend with the needs of the people in the ward.
We had the privilege of raising one son, Don who is a constant joy to us. On 20 January 1954 he married Anne Margo Wood of Provo in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children. Don Bradley born 21 July 1956 who was just recently returned from serving a two year mission in Tokyo, Japan. Their only daughter Tonia Ann born 30 June 1958 was married 18 August 1976 to Darryl Reid Steward in the Salt Lake Temple and is now expecting their first child and our first great grandchild in June. We were twice blessed on 7 July 1962 when Ted Lee and Todd Jon the twins were born. Ike's family has always been his pride and joy and I am sure he is proud of the fine example they are in the church and in their lives. Don has worked for Mountain Fuel Supply for the past twenty-two years and is now an executive in the Provo division serving as head of the sales Department.
Don and Anne have worked constantly in the church and has served in many leadership callings. Anne was in the Relief Society for eleven years, first as Ward President. Don has been in the Priesthood Presidency as well as President of the Sunday School and in various positions working with the youth of the church, which he enjoys very much.
In the year 1955 we sold the service station to Don and bought the corner on 1600 West Center street. We built an Arctic Circle drive-in and after one year leased it out. Ike then went to work for the Provo School district. He also served for two terms on the Provo City Library Board witch he enjoyed. For many years he was a member of the Lions Club and enjoyed civic activities.
After Ike's release as Bishop he served in the High Priest Quarem. At the time of the Provo Temple dedication we were asked to attend two special sessions that were held by ticket only. this was a great thrill to do. We were planning to do much temple work after Ike's retirement, but in April of 1972 he was taken to Utah Valley Hospital where he held close to his priesthood blessing and the many prayers in his behalf, but with his family and loved ones beside him he was called back home 1 June 1972 at 2;30 A.M. I am sure he was very happy to meet his son Rex and all his loved ones there on the other side.
Compiled by his wife.
Myrle H. Peay